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Grateful Dead Live at Kresge Plaza, M.I.T. on 1970-05-06


Topics Live concert


Dancin' In The Streets, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Next Time You See Me, Morning Dew, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', Casey Jones, Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Kresge Plaza, M.I.T.
Location Cambridge, MA

Source Soundboard
Lineage MSR (MIT Reels) 1/2 Track Mono > Otari MX 55 2 track (playback) > TC 2000 Studio Effects Processor (A>D only, no effects) > Sonic Solutions (20bits) > Sony SBM-2 > CD > EAC > SHN
Transferred by Eli Polonsky, Rango Keshavan and Darrin Sacks

Notes

MSR (MIT WMBR Reels) 10", 2-sided, 1/2 Track Mono (no extra reel gen)->
Otari MX 55 2 track (playback) ->  TC 2000 Studio Effects Processor
(using only the A->D converter, no effects) ->  Sonic Solutions (at
20 bits resolution) -> mastered to CD using Sony SBM 2  (No DAT generations)
-> CD (from Gans) > EAC > SHN; (note updated source details); via E. Polonsky,
D. Gans,  R. Keshavan, D. Sacks; note reel splice at China/Rider transition
(track boundary at splice)

Reviews

Reviewer: ApproximateMan - - May 6, 2015
Subject: Cassic
Great show, great recording and great upload because Good Lovin' not split into 3 separate tracks. Thank you.
Reviewer: spyguy29 - - July 19, 2013
Subject: Ned Lagin
Interesting little side note from an interview with Ned Lagin, he organized this trip to MIT (he was a student at the time), and it was the first occasion of him meeting with the band. So, along with a great show, this gave birth to Seastones.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - May 6, 2013
Subject: --
One word: DANCIN'! They groove the living hell out of this thing, and with such easy confidence. The other big jams through this show - Good Lovin' and NFA - are absolutely fine companion pieces (check Jerry on the latter - *wow*!) Basically, there is very little to complain about here - a decent-sounding recording and the boys totally on top of their game. 1970 shows are so precious, given the shaky nature of that year's sbds and Bear's absence...so do enjoy. Seriously, get your shameless shaking groove on for this show's opener.
Reviewer: CBCESQ - - March 9, 2012
Subject: I WAS THERE
Although I had been telling people about this concert for 40 years, it didn't occur to me,,,until my 20 year old went to hear the remnants of the Dead that pictures(yes I am in one) and the concert existed on the net,,,A group of us from Brandeis had heard a rumor that the Dead were going to do a free concert at MIT in support of the Student Strike....We went there and nobody was there,,,,WE THOUGHT IT WAS JUST A RUMOR....and PigPen walks up carrying his own amp...We helped them set up...I recall almost no roadies...there were less than 50 people there when they started playing...Then people came out of the woodwork once they started playing...I don't remember the cold,,,and it seemed like they played a lot longer than the concert tape here,, I remember one of my friends Jeff Q asking them if they would come and play at the Ridgewood Festival at Brandeis,,,a party on campus,,and I REMEMBER THE MUSIC WAS ASTONISHING.....When I listen to it,,,I think that afternoon was the best i ever heard the Dead play...
Reviewer: hampton87 - - May 6, 2010
Subject: 40 years ago
a piece of history, an incredible show, can't add much to the previous reviews. though i was very young in april 1970, these events have shaped my life and certainly the dead shaped my college days. this show brings a flood of feeling and emotion, not much work will get done today, but a lot of good 'ol reflection (4.9993 rating)
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - April 26, 2010
Subject: dude
perhaps the only negative i could muster about this show is the sound; at times its a bit rough. but as far as the performance is concerned it is off the hook. The Dancin' is easily a top 5 all time (joining the likes of 6/8/69, and 4/12 and 5/2/70), and the Next Time You See Me, Morning dew and Casey Jones are all great. And look out for an absolutely outrageous Stephen>NFA! as has been said, Jer and the boys are heavy and funky as hell in this one...
Reviewer: Chris U. - - January 16, 2010
Subject: Easily one of the top 10 greatest shows
I don't know where to begin except everytime I listen to this show I have to laugh as Phil and other band members issue disclaimers about how cold it is and how they'll be playing tomorrow and it'll be better and so forth.

BALONEY.

I have no idea what the band was on but the level of intensity and creativity on display in this show (of perfect length, without a single dull spot) is astounding.

The Morning Dew blooms like shrooms in May without a hint of over-ripeness. Casey Jones is stone perfect.

The version of Dancin' is molten gold with Phil Lesh unleashing some riffs that are so devastatingly perfect that after hearing this version you will imagine those riffs every time you hear the song -- and every other version will somehow seem lacking afterward (kind of like how the 9/18/74 version of To Lay Me Down renders every other electric version irrelevent).

And the NFA -- holy crap -- at its peak the Dead sound more like Ash Ra Tempel or Tago Mago-era Can than any American band of the time except perhaps the Stooges or the MC5.

Am I getting my point across here? This is not an ordinary Dead show. Even the version of Next Time You See Me is transcendent.

Do not believe the reviewers here who claim the next nite is better: they are wrong.

END THE WAR NOW

/40 year anniversary of this remarkable performance is approaching. As of this review we are still bombing the shxt out of Afghanistan? Music is love is the Grateful Dead 5/6/70.
Reviewer: JustAFloatingSage - - October 18, 2009
Subject: MayWeAllJourneyLong
This stuff makes my wiggle waggle

It makes my humpty dumpty ...

But really ... I know very little

Except that the boyz take me into love

Go figure ....
Reviewer: GratefulGolfer - - March 16, 2009
Subject: 4.7 StarShow
Only seven feet of frigid, electric air separated me from Jerry this magical afternoon. I have full frame fotos of his Grateful Grin. This has some truly historical versions of their foundation material. Awesome to revisit an ephemeral moment.

Keep in perspective, it was frigid on the stone cold steps of our Student Center as they performed FREE, broadcast over campus radio, to protest EMPIRE.
Empire still rears its ugly head.
I give this ONE STAR to draw attention to how totally contrary to the Dead's philosophy and mission it is this FREE GIFT to US is not available for download. DOWN with Empire,
May the Kingdom reign Forever. PEACE BE WITH YOU

PS It was Owsley's koolaid that blew the roof off the armory the following night.
Reviewer: cb18201 - - January 23, 2009
Subject: hey im frank
no just kiddin, but when i heard jerry say that i cracked up laughing. that is truly a funny piece of history right there. "hes in good hands" hahaha yea i bet. He prolly got contact high and was mesmorized by what he heard.....his easily impressionable young mind was changed forever.....he dropped out (from the 3rd grade), tuned in, became a dead-head and went out on the road..... he is still following bobby and phil across the U.S. to this day.
Reviewer: Miss Divine - - November 24, 2008
Subject: Smoking show...
makes me wanna dance all night long.
Everyone sounds 'on' and up for it...awesome!!
Reviewer: drspark61 - - November 23, 2008
Subject: broken stream
It won't stream for me, either.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - - September 19, 2008
Subject: i want to listen
why cant i listen to this stream? it just doesnt play...

Broken stream?
Reviewer: bobby33914 - - September 18, 2008
Subject: WOW
WOW
Reviewer: brownroux - - April 16, 2008
Subject: oohhh ya man
ohh ya man this is it!!! thanks again and again,R.I.P my friends
GUD
Reviewer: G.Dadams - - February 9, 2008
Subject: Missed this was at the next nights show
Tension because of Kent State..

Yes Id say so

College kids getting shot dead did not play well in Boston - Cambridge

Just stumbled upon this show

Only took 38 years
Reviewer: steimy incny - - December 29, 2007
Subject: Amazing
To all young Deadheads out there , this is what it was all about.The Dead did this free show outside and put on one outrageous performance.You wont find any bands doing this kind of thing and sounding this good anymore.Cherish your youth because those are the best times of your life.There was nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.
Reviewer: Haner - - December 16, 2007
Subject: First boot leg CD Purchase
I found a copy of this in a CD Bootleg format at a place called Now & Then Music in New Hope Pa. Purchased and it took me back to what the dead was like in 1970 and that era. This a truly confident and solid performance.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - - October 15, 2007
Subject: guitar sound
this may be the loudest and best recorded guitar ala jerry i have heard yet------
what a fuckin monster sound-----
what a monster band
clear concise and outta their skulls
Reviewer: Earthquake Country - - June 9, 2006
Subject: Good enough to lie to public radio for.
This show was played on the Grateful Dead hour in June 2000. My local NPR station doesn't play the GDH in order and they used this one about a month ago when it was fund raising time. They started talking over the jamming in Dancin' in an effort to shake you down for money. In a stoned stupor at 11:00 on a Sunday night, I promised them $100 if they'd shut up so I could get back to jamming. I never paid that bill, but it worked anyway. The next morning I had one of the most pleasant Mondays ever listening to this. This show is that good.

The jam in Dancin' is otherworldly. As a previous reviewer noted, it will supercede any other version as the new definitive. China Cat is blistering. Next Time You See Me has great dual lead vocals with Pigpen and Jerry. Great Morning Dew. Just a great, great, great show, which was a FREE show to boot. Wow!
Reviewer: Grimy Grimace - - May 9, 2006
Subject: Hey Frank!
Good stuff, and its always great to hear Jerry playing while his guitar still has that early Dead metallic twang...Great Jam that comes out of Dancin' and you know Frank was in good hands...heads and geniuses all aroung on the M.I.T. campus!
Reviewer: Delta_312_MIT_November_Games - - April 23, 2006
Subject: Awesome
Enjoy. It does not get any better than this...
Reviewer: Ellerson - - March 14, 2006
Subject: great stuff!
I've had a cassette copy of this show for a long time and it has always been one of my favorites.

As has been mentioned, the Dancin' is truly the jem. The jam takes me to new, far away places every time I listen to it. I do believe that there is even an embryonic Eyes of the World riff in there...at around 13:12 or so....developing in the back of Garcia's mind perhaps. ;-)

And yes, whatever happened to that lost little kid named Frank?.......who luckily was in good hands. LOL...
Reviewer: han_shan - - January 22, 2006
Subject: consistantly solid
wow, after listening to this show it sounds like these guys werent even playing for an audience, just jamming out so relaxed so casual, yet so intimately executed. Morning dew and DANCIN stand out for me, next time you see me is a fun one.

the band was really together tonight, as mentioned, phil and jerry had IT, i thought the percussion was really great too.

enjoy this 1970 GEM!!!
Reviewer: ReddyKillowatt - - January 1, 2006
Subject: What A Show
This is for sure one of their best shows of 1970. The music flows so nicely. Good Spirits in this show.
Reviewer: KindRainbowBrother - - October 7, 2005
Subject: Definite Gem
Listen to the first song and you'll be dancing in the street for sure. Or the shower or wherever. By the way, Frank if your out there, we want to hear from you.
Reviewer: dignan - - September 28, 2005
Subject: finally!
A true gem of a show, with both incredible musical content and socio-politcal signifance. I've been listening to this show on an old hissy tape for 15 years, and experiencing it now, with this sound quality, is a moving experience. What can I say about this "Dancing" that hasn't already been said? Well, I'll try. Jerry's work on this has a ferocity and grittiness, Phil (as stated much more eloquently below) leads them on this journey with authority and grace. Bobby's lilting support during the song's mellow middle section is gorgeous, and the drum support is a soundscape in and of itself. The notes Jerry hits right after Bobby bellows "C'mon everybody get up and dance around now" usher in several minutes of pure musical might. Also of note is the riff Jerry works right before they go back into the verse towards the end.
A great China Rider that develops slowly and beautifully into a tight groove follows, and the Morning Dew is as emotional as it gets. It brings tears to my eyes when Jerry hits that last "I guess it doesn't matter....."
Lastly, hilarious stage chatter abounds. Pigpen's raucous reuqest for a new mike, Bobby lamenting the cold, and Phil's genuine thanks are jewels. What do you think ever happened to that lost little kid named Frank?
Reviewer: Dr. Bilvis - - September 25, 2005
Subject: Phil and Jerry's Firey Dance and Mourn-ing Dew
I've listened to tons of Dead shows and have spent a great deal of time in this incredible archive as well and have been waiting for the opportunity to review my first show. This is my first review in part because this show blows me away.

One of the qualities, I think we all agree, that makes the Dead so distincitive is Phil's bass playing -- the way Phil himself drives improvisation, by, in many ways, playing his bases as much like a lead guitar (a lead bass?) as a traditional time and rhythm-keeping bass guitar. Equally amazing is Jerry's response to Phil and vice versa -- i.e. the way the two play off each other, drive each other, and fire each other up. In many shows (this one included), the Phil-Jerry interplay alone drives the band into wonderous places on amazing musical and improvisational journeys. This show is neither the only great example of such interplay nor, perhaps, the all-around best show of an amazing year, 1970. But Phil and Jerry are tuned furiously into each other here and the results in "Dancin'" and "Good Lovin'" are spectacular! I haven't listened to 6/8/69, but this is the best "Dancin'" I've ever heard, and I'm a fan the 69-71 vintage of the song. It is sublime and intense. It gives me chills.

This show has an intensity and edge that I'd like to think emerge from the cold outdoor University setting that was brimming with tension a few days after Kent State. Great comment from the reviewer who listens to this "Morning Dew" through the context of Kent State and the shock waves it sent. It is an intense almost elegaic dew -- maybe not one of the greatest -- but it has a vibe and atmosphere you can drink. Might we call it "Mourning Dew"?

Overall the rest of the show is strong 1970 stuff, and the sound for me is fine. Get this one; it's super and has an intensity and perhaps a real historical relevance, considering Kent State, the Peace movement etc....
Reviewer: Susep - - September 21, 2005
Subject: 1970 Dead
Garcia rips it up in Dancin'. Some say not as good as 2May but the Dead didn't want to clone performances. "It's not about the tune but IT."
Reviewer: stratocaster - - August 18, 2005
Subject: May 6, 1970
Here is a show that combines great playing with very good sound quality. For a long time I had a pitchy copy of this one. For me personally, this show isn't quite in the class of 2-11/13/14-1970, 05-02-1970 or 09-19/20-1970...but it's well played to be certain. Workmanlike performance on all the tunes with enough energy and crackle to send the crowd home happy. This one is definitely a recommended download.
Reviewer: bonk - - August 18, 2005
Subject: grate
This show was A free concert to protest the war and Kent state which happend 2 days prior.One of my buddies was at MIT and was there.He said it was a very cold day and that the show the next night was actually better.Imagine that!!!!This is the only copy available which is from the MIT radio station reel to reels!I attended Berklee School of music in Boston and would occationally walk through Kresge Plaza and Smile knowing what went down there some years back!
Reviewer: ifyouchoose - - August 18, 2005
Subject: To 10 !!!
I read on the LMA board something about top ten GD shows. Well this "IMO" is one of them. I love when I believe pig says "this microphone don't work so fuckin good you guys" at the beginning of Good Lovin which they stop because of the faulty Mic. Lmao. But if there were TEN stars to give this would get it! Quality for the era is Excellent and listen to get a grate jolt of classic Dead!
Reviewer: Uhclem - - August 16, 2005
Subject: It was a great show!
I was the guy who arranged for it to be taped: I was working at MIT radio (WTBS in those days) and Jerry allowed us a feed from the band's amps straight to the station, which is why the sound is so good. I offered them a copy afterwards, but they said the show wasn't worth remembering. And though the recording of the next night in Dupont is crappy, it was a better show.

For the record, the outdoor show has been titled "MIghTy Dead", and was a free show to support the strike against Nixon's invasion of Cambodia, and Kent State killing.
Reviewer: GrtOutdoors - - July 31, 2005
Subject: another gem
awesome sound quality...and the Morning Dew...yum. The song also has a little more weight since the Kent State shootings were two days earlier on monday, May 4th, 1970. This was a free outdoor concert, part of a rally protesting the killings of those student demonstators. Download immediately! Cheers
Reviewer: rick e. - - July 17, 2005
Subject: not your average show !
i agree that this was not an average show from '70.this was the first tape i got from '70 and its the one i judged all other shows from '70 to.i never found another tape from '70 that got me going like this.morning dew here is one of the best i ever heard.yes i like 2-13-70 ,but this to me is of the most psychedelic shows i know of.this recording is great !a must have for anybody who likes the dead !
Reviewer: ny dead - - April 13, 2005
Subject: dancin'
Only my opinion but I prefer the kinda disco dancin's of the late 70's to these late 60's early 70's versions. but good sounding(good tape saturation)
Reviewer: oceantree - - March 27, 2005
Subject: yeeeeessss...
man alive, this Dancin is among the greatest ever played...perfection...nice sound quality too- quite loud!!
Reviewer: Kola67 - - March 4, 2005
Subject: Dew
for those of you who are as big a fan of Morning Dew as I am, you must listen to this rendition. It ranks as one of the best I've ever listened to
Reviewer: phleshy - - March 2, 2005
Subject: Excellent little artifact.
We're lucky that this free concert was taped, and with that, it's excellent sounding, unlike more than a few '70 shows. Though the NFA and St. Stephen are great, a definite highlight is the Good Lovin'. After a rough start (with a pissed-off Pig commenting on a microphone glitch), the drums and jam of this version soar, one of the best jams of the entire year and one of the best Good Lovins ever. This track alone is enough to download this show.

To the reviewer directly below me, I suggest that you go to 6/8/69 for a definitive Dancin'. If you thought that this Dancin' was a mind-blower, strap in your seat belts for 6/8/69. It has the best Dancin' ever, IMO.
Reviewer: spleenboy - - January 10, 2005
Subject: Dancin
Folks, the whole show smokes, despite the cold weather, but nobody really mentioned that this must be one of the most deliciously mind-expanding versions of Dancin'. I am still searching for a few other versions that could match it for spontaneity and dynamics. Actually still gives me goosebumps, no matter how many times I've heard it before. Way up there, along with Cream Puff War and other legendary performances.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - January 10, 2005
Subject: Great
NFA> St Stephan is ripping and this show is a wonderful gem - been to this place a dozen times and this takes on whole new meaning now.
Reviewer: JohneBe - - November 20, 2004
Subject: Cain is able
I agree with Cain, this is a mighty fine show, including the good ole' good loving with Pigpen on top of his voice in extremely vital form in spite of the dodgy mic biz at the beginning. And that St Stephen jam, well, wowee is all I can say.
Reviewer: JohneBe - - November 20, 2004
Subject: Cain is able
I agree with Cain, this is a mighty fine show, including the good ole' good loving with Pigpen on top of his voice in extremely vital form in spite of the dodgy mic biz at the beginning. And that St Stephen jam, well, wowee is all I can say.
Reviewer: dcain - - June 8, 2004
Subject: Good Lovin' - St. Stephen-Not Fade Away
Good Lovin' features perhaps the single most incredible duet in recorded Grateful Dead history, a terrific tango between Lesh and Garcia.

(it also features the inimitable, unsinkable Ron McKernan, who is only too glad to inform us at the outset that "this microphone over here don't work so f--kin' good you guys")

After the the "One man gathers" verse in St. Stephen, they head right into Not Fade Away, as all set lists appear to indicate. But, after several lines, Garcia restates the St. Stephen theme, jams brillantly off of it, and then heads back to the next verse.

Then, back on schedule, the answer to the answer man is: Not Fade Away. At the 3:30 mark, Garcia sets off on a remarkable journey, leaving a trail marked by memorable melodic phrases and motifs (e.g. dig his pause for bossa nova-like interlude at 5:19). At 7:25 he is still pulling melodic phrases from god knows where. At 8:30 he comes up with yet another one. At 9:38 he suggests with 3-4 notes that they return to the tune at large. Out of the wings comes Mr. Pen for a nice vocal duel with Weir:
Weir: "Not Fade Away"
Pen: "Cain't Fade a-WAY!)

All this while playing outdoors in unseasonable 40 degree weather. Nothing like the cold to concentrate the mind....
Reviewer: oscar - - June 6, 2004
Subject: 5.6.70
this was the wackiest tape to trip to, but its raw garcia at his best, wier is delightfully choppy and the sound is alittle shaky but the jams on dancin and the st, stephen noodles like no other, i had this on casstte and it sounds awful but i still loved it, now that its crispy format im lovin it!
Reviewer: samson - - May 31, 2004
Subject: Decent but no standout
Not exactly the best of 1970, but it does have its moments. Dancin' and Good Lovin' are good but not real standouts for the era. Fun to listen to though.
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